Hello, I am currently mulling over purchasing one of the 2
aforementioned vehicles - both 2005's: the Accord EX 4 cylinder or the
I realize the price is about $ 4-5000 difference in these 2 cars. The
Acura dealer told me they could sell me a new TSX (no navigation sys)
for $25,400 and that included a moonroof visor. I am pretty sure that is
a very good price for those TSX's.
My question to all who could help would be what are the major
differences between the 2 vehicles? Does the TSX have a smoother ride
than the Accord? I know it has more luxury type features. I also have
read some reviews of people who own the TSX & they all seem to
absolutely love the car. From the reviews I've read they seem to label
it the "almost perfect" car.
But the Accord 4 cyl is pretty good too. Unlike the 6 cyl Accords, it
has had little reliability issues, i.e. Transmission, etc.
How about comparing stuff like the sound systems between the 2 vehicles?
Is there a big difference?
Any help/ info would be appreciated. The more opinions/ voices heard the
I went with the Accord, mostly because it was $120/month cheaper to
lease. The Accord is a wonderful car, but it is a tad large for me
and I keep looking back at the TSX, with a few more horses, and
OTOH I would imagine the TSX has a somewhat firmer, harsher ride, and
the Accord is already rather harsher on the freeway than one would
hope. Maybe I should have test-driven a Camry.
Advantages of each:
-uses regular gas
-a little more powerful engine
-less frequent oil changes
Aside from the above, you have to test drive them both. They are different
cars and drive differently.
(Trying to avoid the undying "oil change frequency" thread) Go for it - to
each their own. This has become a very controversial issue, with
recommendations from reputable sources running the gamut of 3K to 15K miles.
I follow the owner's manual for each vehicle, myself, figuring they know
better than I do.
Ah, but changing the oil is simply cheap insurance.
If the manual says 6000 miles, and you do it at 3000 miles, you're not
harming the car.
What's more worrisome is when they specify an oil change interval based
on the marketing department's desire to show a car that's cheaper to
maintain, rather than an engineering recommendation.
Actually, Hondas are the only make I know of where oil changes take their
toll on the engine... or more specifically, the oil drain pan threads. The
ones I've worked on seem to gradually consume the threads with each change,
eventually requiring a new pan or oversized drain bolt.
That's only true if you don't change the oil drain plug washer. My Acura has
close to 200,000 kms and not a leak from drain plug.
or if you really really overtighten the bolt, which some places like Jiffy
Lube might do because of liablity issues with having the bolt come off and
seize the engine when all the oil runs out.
As the proud owner of an 04 TSX (and former owner of an Accord), I would
ask you a question before answering..
What is more important to you- precise handling (read as sports sedan), or a
If you responded with precise Handling- Go for the TSX. It is a firmer ride
than you will get with the Accord. Handling is much better also. Stronger
engine, better equipment level. The TSX is also slightly smaller- not really
noticable though. Built in Japan too- unlike the American built Accord.
With just under 10,000 miles on my TSX, I still love getting into it and
driving it like I stole it (of course, I only do this on sanctioned tracks
<wink>)!!! The largest drawback to the TSX is the requirement for Super
I am not putting the Accord down, it is an extremely well built vehicle. I
was cross shopping a V6 when I bought the TSX.
Keep this in mind as well, The TSX is actually the known as the Accord in
Europe and Asia (the US Accord is known as the Legend) This is because the
US and Canada are the only countries where you can purchase an Acura branded
I fyou want to find out more about the TSX, please visit the following
website.. you will find a lot of info by TSX owners about their cars..
Whatever vehicle you end up with.. Enjoy it!!
I have an '04 TL that I traded up from an '04 Accord V6 LX. For the price
and performance, I would go for the Accord V6 EX. It has a bigger engine,
V6-240 hp vs. I4-200hp. I prefer the outside looks of the Accord better
than the TSX. The back end of the TSX looks too boxy like a Civic. Around
Chicago, you can find new '05 Accord EX V6's w/ NAVI for around or under
invoice. That would put the price around the same as a TSX w/o NAVI. I
would never buy a car again w/o NAVI. The TL's NAVI, which the Accord's is
very similar too, is one of the best I have seen.
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